Who We Are
Since 1977, Independence Advocates of Maine has been providing innovative and dynamic supports to individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Independence Advocates of Maine began in 1977 as a private, non-profit (501c-3) organization known as Treats Falls House. Through the years, we have expanded our services in order to make Maine a better place for people with disabilities to live.
Though the corporate name has changed, our commitment remains the same; to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by promoting independence, health, community, employment and natural relationships.
Independence Advocates of Maine, Inc. values that the individuals we support are best served within their community.
We believe staff best support people by creating a comfortable and compassionate environment, while maintaining excellence in support and professionalism.
Independence Advocates of Maine, Inc. is a relationship-based organization. We value relationships and attend to them.
We believe the best relationships with the individuals we support are built on a foundation of dignity, respect, and caring, which promotes their individual health, happiness and life satisfaction.
We believe healthy professional relationships, which are built on a foundation of positive regard and integrity, promote high job satisfaction and professionalism.
Independence Advocates of Maine, Inc. values the interdependence of team work, and the individuals we support are best served when we work as a team. The whole is greater than the mere sum of its parts.
We believe in the richness of diversity, and we benefit from individual’s viewpoints, experience, knowledge and skills.
We believe team growth occurs from both challenges and successes.
We believe all members have the right and obligation to participate in the team process.
Independence Advocates of Maine, Inc. values responsibility. Our mission is best achieved through shared and personal responsibility.
We believe individuals and teams must honor commitments, act with integrity, strive towards excellence, follow through with responsibilities, work on growth areas, and recognize accomplishments.
We believe in advocacy on behalf of the individuals we support. This involves taking risks, resolving issues, speaking up when necessary, and speaking for those who cannot fully express themselves.
Independence Advocates of Maine, Inc. values that lifelong learning maximizes one’s potential.
We believe that growth can be gained through support, education, and supervision.
We believe in encouraging growth and recognizing individuals for who they are and their contributions.